Saturday, March 23, 2013

The Game of Thrones- The TV show

The Game of Thrones is a hit American TV show based on writer George RR Martin’s fantasy series, A Song of Ice and Fire. I’m a huge fan of the first book of the series, The Game of Thrones, which it one of the best books I have ever read. I still remember my disbelief when Ned Stark’s head rolled.

However, I just can’t get into the TV show.

Now I know the TV show is actually bigger than the book series. It is widely considered the most pirated TV show of 2012 and the popularity of the show had bought new fans, most of whom wouldn’t touch a fantasy book if their life depended on it, to the series. There are conventions where fans dressed up as characters of the show; all sort of goods are being sold based on the show; there is even a fan that recreate scenes from the show on his website via the medium of Lego.

I have all the books, and the show seems to follow the book pretty faithfully, but I just don’t get it. I just can’t get the Game of Thrones as a TV show and I think I know why.

It’s on TV.

I think that’s my problem with The Game of Thrones. It’s a fantasy show of dragons, knights and swords on television. A medium that I think doesn’t suit the genre. So as the third season of the show start, I find myself in a strange situation. Watching a show I know the story of in a medium which I don’t think suit the story.

Of course with all the fans it has, I’m in the minority. 


Anonymous said...

You are not alone. For me, the book is way better, too. So good that I almost threw the book away when they killed Robb.

Ghost said...

For me, the moment was when Ned got killed after making the deal. That was truly unexpected.

Gar said...

Just started watching the second season. I like the books a lot better than the shows too.

However, when I watch the shows, there are some things that I didn't necessarily catch when I read the books.

It's kind of like reading the books through for a second time without spending the actual time to do the reading.

It's not bad. It's just not as good as the books by a long shot.

But TV made after a book never is.

They did a really good job on the casting.

Ghost said...

I watched most of the season 1 but got bored and didn't see the end. Watch a few esp of season 2 but had the same problem. You did a lot better than me.